Shakespeare's Sister Company

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

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Location: 159-34 Riverside Drive West 6J New York NY 10032 USA

Mission: Formed in 2008, the Shakespeare's Sister Company is a New York City headquartered organization. We have stepped out into our community-at-large as a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children through theater education and young adults in professional development workshops, especially in NYC's disadvantaged communities.
Results: SSC in the News! Visit www.shakespearessister.org for a recent article Claire Broad wrote about the Shakespeare's Sister Company and the importance of theater education. Some Super Proud Milestones in 2013: 1. Artistic Director, Kris Lundberg, taught single-handed over 200 students this year in New York and Connecticut and each student has embraced the value of having their voice heard, their words understood and their presence known 2. Honored as guest speaker at New York Women's Foundation Leadership Luncheon for young women 3. Invited to teach our "Power to be Present" Workshop to high school students at Grab The Torch's summer conference in Colorado 4. Brought our "Storytelling Superstars" class to an after-school program in Brooklyn empowering Pre-K & Kindergarten children in literacy with a creative curriculum 5. Taught monthly creative drama workshops at the Bowery Mission and assisting the shelter residents in embracing their confidence and voice through theater skills 6. Hosted our highly attended free storytelling workshops this winter in Brooklyn and Manhattan at Kidville and the New York Public Library The difference we're already making in 2014 and our immediate goals... 1. Highly attended "Storytelling Superstars" after-school program in Brooklyn 2. Bowery residents attended monthly creative workshops and have responded as it's given them a sense of purpose and deepening their life skills 3. Producing plays which directly relate with the educational common core learning standards and touring them around the country 4. Expanding our programming to more schools nationwide, both in-school and after-school, for all of our educational workshops Pre-K through young adult.
Target demographics: K-12 students and adults in theater education workshops
Direct beneficiaries per year: empower and mentor over 200 K-12 and adults students in our educational workshops in New York, Connecticut and Colorado
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Storytelling Superstars -- empowering youth through dramatic play Fraction Reaction -- teaching students budgeting by producing a fictional play Power to be Present -- empowering students using theater to strengthen life skills The Woolf Series -- mentoring emerging NYC playwrights Teach the Teacher professional development workshops After-school and in-school theater programming Original play productions directly relating to the common core learning standards

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare's Sister Company is operating in New York City where there will always be a great need for dedicated, energetic, and wholesome community outreach programs. Headed up by Kris Lundberg, who embodies all of the things mentioned above, SSC will undoubtedly touch countless lives. As a collegiate athlete I had always thought that sport was by far and away the best tool to empower today's youth. After spending time with SSC I definitely realized the power of the arts and am a true believer in this groups mission and approach. People worry about pop culture today and the negative social impact it is having - Shakespeare's Sister Company is a strong counter movement that should be supported and should continue to reach more neighborhoods in New York City and beyond.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Shakespeare's Sister Company in February 2012 and it has been a wonderful experience. I have met great people and learned a lot. I have been able to contribute on many levels from attending various events around NYC to help spread the word about the company to working with our team on a fundraising event. The company's mission is unique and important. Kris Lundberg, the founder of Shakespeare's Sister Company, is a truly inspirational leader. Her dedication to the organization is boundless and she creates the same dedication within her team as well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I entered the Shakespeare's Sister Company not knowing what to expect. However, it soon became clear to me how impactful the company is. Aside from promoting women in the arts, the organization also strives to better its community through various workshops and initiatives. As an Intern, I had the great pleasure of working in the Grant Research and Development division. As I reached out to the various grant writers, it was with much honor that I wrote about the organization and its values. I also had the opportunity to attend multiple children's workshops headed by the organization's Artistic Director Kris Lundberg. Through these workshops, Kris is able to help participating children develop their cognitive and personal abilities. The individuals that work at the organization are as important as its mission and its work in the community. Everyone is very passionate about the company and enthusiastically works to further its impact. Although the Shakespeare's Sister Company is only in its early stages of development, I was able to get an inside look at the great potential that the organization has. I believe that with time and the continuing dedication of its contributors, the Shakespeare's Sister Company will in a few years become a prominent non-profit organization in New York City.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

In addition to polishing my research and organizational skills, my volunteer experience allowed me to meet great new people who I will continue to stay in touch with for a long time.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was actually making a difference and being a part of something that was directly affecting others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned for the Shakespeare's Sister Company spring semester of my junior year, and had a great time doing so! Kris was an amazing resource the entire time, serving as a great mentor and always providing great advice along the way. I found everyone involved with the company to be very genuine and passionate about its mission, and I definitely look forward to seeing it grow in the future!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the amount of outreach it does throughout the community, and the willingness of its organizers to make a difference in the lives of others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me a lot more about marketing, design, and sales, and allowed me to practice my interpersonal skills in the not-for-profit realm.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Overall very good! Working with everyone towards a common goal was a very rewarding experience!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was ready to make a difference. Shakespeare's Sister Company allowed me to do that and then some. The SSC is an organization with tremendous heart and determination. Not only was i immediately welcomed into the group but i was given integral hands on opportunities, using my strengths and developing some new ones, assisting the company on the ground level with community outreach workshops, fundraising events, and future planning. This company and it's director Kris have some wonderful places to go and i recommend that anyone interested in the arts innate ability to touch the souls of a community to invest some time or interest in this young Company

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SSC is a company with excellent goals, a great leader and amazing potential. Even in the capacity of planning a fundraiser with the SSC, I was able to experience all of this while helping to plan a spring fundraiser, and I must say, I was hooked. Kris is a very special individual with a passion for the arts like no other, and is not only a great event planner, but a great person. I would recommend this nonprofit to anyone interested in supporting an amazing cause and interested in the arts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found Shakespeare's Sister Company to be an inspiring and effective organization that positively impacted single adult homeless women who suffer from severe mental illness. The organization and specifically Kris Lundberg was able to effectively and compassionately engage women with severe mental illness and psychotic features in a workshop series designed to improve thier self-awareness and self-worth. The activities offered and the medium used was able to reach the women in a "miraculous" manner. The participants were engaged and appeared to benefit immensely from the activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Some of the outcomes included an increase sense of self-master of daily tasks, adherence to treatment plans and goals, and movement from dependence to independence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The observation of effective client engagment and benefit as result of involvement with the workshop offered.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

train others in the application and principles of thier workshop series. This would result in the replication of the servere mentally ill persons moving from dependence to indepenence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Shakespeare's Sister Company has a wonderful outreach, providing cultural entertainment for the community that is interactive as well. With the healing power of artistic expression, SS Co gives a voice to the less fortunate and with that gift, a new hope for a better life is able to flourish. GREAT WORK!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through a great website and public relations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Kris asked me to speak and read from my two novels about Shakespeare before their staged reading of Twelfth Night. I was amazed at the skill and accessibility and creative cross-gender casting and the ability of this young troupe to bring alive a 400-year-old play so that it spoke to everyone. I am excited about all of their future work and will be there cheering them on! Wonderful that they are involved in so many good things!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Excellence in theatrical production

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The creativity of their production.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give plays everywhere and lift people's hearts!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have chosen to support Shakespeare's Sister Company because it celebrates and promotes various works written by women, offers actresses the opportunity to play strong female characters, and also gives the audience a chance to see works of art written by and for women. SSC has also held some incredibly creative fundraising events, including a recent book swap and reading at a Victorian Tea House in Grammercy Park. Being a part of SSC is a fun way to experience the theater while giving back to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of works authored by women. I've also had the opportunity to meet interesting people and several authors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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